Haye and Fury fight in doubt over purse dispute

24/06/2013 19:04

The proposed fight between former WBA heavweight champion David Haye (26-2) and unbeaten contender Tyson Fury (21-0) appears to be dead in the water after Fury called for a 80-20 purse split.

Haye believed a deal for a September showdown between the pair was as good as done after Eddie Hearn met with fellow promoter Mick Hennessey.

But the Hayemaker took to twitter to blast Fury's demands for the lion's share of the cash from what would be a money-spinning bout.

"I did everything in my power to get Fury in the ring - even giving him a 50-50 split. But big chump won't sign a contract for the fans #AllTalk."

Fury is seemingly unwilling to back down when it comes to his share of the takings and went on to mention that his next opponent may be Fres Oquendo (36-7), the NABA heavyweight champion. The Puerto Rican native has lost bouts to Oliver McCall, Jean Marc Mormeck and James Toney among others.

He tweeted "It would of been good for me to KO Haye. It would have made the nation smile...I think my next fight might be Fres Oquendo? Haye wants a 50/50 purse, but I said 80/20 my way because I'm whats in."

Fury scored a 7th round stoppage win over American Steve Cunningham in his last outing in April.

Haye has not boxed since dismantling Dereck Chisora at West Ham's Upton Park stadium in July 2012. He was due to fight Manuel Charr this month but was forced to withdraw after sustaining a hand injury in training.

After dropping the WBA crown to WBO, IBF and IBO title-holder Wladimir Klitschko, Haye retired in October 2011 but reveresed the decision in order to settle a grudge with Chisora.

He is desperate to get a second crack at one of the Klitscko brothers and victory against Fury would move him closer to becoming mandatory challenger for one of the world titles.

While Fury may simply be trying to prove that Haye needs him more than he needs Haye. British boxing fans are desperate for the fight to happen. The event was expected to be an overwhelming PPV success as the interest in the bout inflated daily. Both men talk a good fight and fans will be disappointed if this fight was nothing more than a publicity campaign.